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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Mar 26, 2011 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

Kind of like seeing the Grateful Dead at a Resort Spa, Saratoga might be one of the Strangest of Places - The long and winding road in to the place filled with Miracle Seekers, Tailgaters, Hippie Vendors, Dealers and Cops on Horseback, and some of the best Upstate scenery on a nice Summer day you could ever want to see. The 1983 show I attended was something that makes being a Deadhead a special event. Both band and audience seemed to sense the evening, and as I recall an anouncement stated that nights crowd the "largest in Saratoga Springs history." 31 reviews tells the story on this one...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-06-18.senn421.nawrocki.14411.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-06-24.sbd.miller.27449.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-06-27.sbd.gmb.79382.flac16

Just a sampling, like a wine tasting...

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 27, 2011 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

did not see these live...to rank them I will agree with the previous comments in that 83 is the best, by far...the other all have their moments...

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 27, 2011 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

I saw The Who play a pretty good show in Saratoga Springs on August 2, 1971.

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Mon, 02 August 1971:
The Who at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, NY

Setlist
Love Ain't For Keeping; Pure And Easy; My Wife; I Can't Explain; Substitute; Bargain; Behind Blue Eyes; Won't Get Fooled Again; I Don't Know Myself; Baby Don't You Do It; Pinball Wizard; See Me Feel Me; Water

Lineup
Roger Daltrey - Vocals, Harmonica
John Entwistle - Vocals, Bass
Keith Moon - Drums, Vocals
Pete Townshend - Vocals, Guitar

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Poster: CHARLIEPHOGG Date: Mar 27, 2011 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

Wow! you saw a great show there! First time I saw the Who was Dec 1979 at the Spectrum. Think it was a week after the Cinncianti* show. They were great! First 2 songs were Substitute/Can't explain, same 2 songs they opened w/ in 82 at JFK STADIUM & last time I saw em in 2000. Still great in 2000 at their age. Never been to Saratoga but i love the Dead show there in June 85. Got tape a week after show and still have it. (saw Hershey Park show 6/85) Always wanted to make it to SPAC.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 26, 2011 11:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

'83, but I'm biased, cuz that was my only time at Saratoga. Absolutely gorgeous sunshine daydreamy place, and then it dumped a wild rain, didn't it? (Or maybe I'm confusing it with Merriweather Post, but I think it rained both places and it was a thunder-and-lightning twofer.) It was like finally getting to experience Woodstock. Ok, not REALLY, I'm sure -- 30,000 or whatever isn't exactly half a million -- but still!

Incidentally, for anyone who happens to be a history buff, particularly CW era, Saratoga has an incredibly rich past. In the mid-19th c, folks who could afford it would leave the hot cities during the summer and basically spend several months going from resort to resort. For young people, it was a rolling party.

The stereotype of the 19th c is "stuffy," but if you read the popular magazines of the time -- which I'm bizarre enough to collect, LOL -- that's definitely not how they thought of things then. They're full of references to young people who just want to party until dawn and whose parents, who weren't so old themselves (moms of teens were often in their late 30s), would let them run wild and unchaperoned at places like ... Saratoga.

They'd pack their hippest clothes* in what were called "Saratoga trunks" and spend the summer on a kind of spa tour. Two or three months of midnight meals, picnics, champagne, hanging out in the "revitalizing" country air, and dancing all night to bands.


* hippest clothes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clotho98/3813163777/in/set-72157619170658128/




This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-03-27 06:07:06

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Mar 28, 2011 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

Excelletn post, AR. And, thanks for the link.

I'm very temporally-aware as I continue to age. One thing I notice now is that the parents of schoolmates of my youngest child are comparatively a whole lot younger than me than the parents of my oldest child's schoolmates were, i.e., now I'm forty-something and the others are the twenty-somethings.

And, the things I thought were important for my oldest child to learn outside the classroom are not the same things that I now teach my youngest.

Of course, getting older beats the alternative.

TOOTMO

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Mar 26, 2011 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

I would rank them in this order: 83, 85, 84, 88. I was lucky enough to see all of them.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Mar 26, 2011 7:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

I was lucky enough also
83 is way out in front of the rest
85 was a little over rated but good
84 had the fun Dancin opener surprise and that unreal rain downpour - Sunshine Daydream indeed!

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Mar 26, 2011 7:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Best Saratoga Springs Show?

Zim

I soon as I saw the topic I knew we would hear from you. Thanks

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